The 2012 NBA offseason was one of extraordinary changes. Both the super powers and the bottom feeders became stronger and revamped their rosters, thus setting up a regular season of remarkable expectations.
As only commissioner David Stern could do, the head honcho decided to make some last-minute alterations that will change the NBA in an equally powerful way.
For one, Stern is set to retire on Feb. 1st of 2014 (via ESPN.com). The second major change came when the NBA announced that the All-Star game's voting would no longer consist of a two guard, two forward and one center system.
The following is a press release from the NBA (via NBA.com):
The league will announce Wednesday a change to its All-Star ballot that will, for the first time, allow fans to vote for three undefined "frontcourt" players instead of having to vote for two forwards and a center. With more and more teams playing smaller than in the past, the definition of "center" was becoming increasingly difficult—not to mention finding enough quality big men for whom to vote.
The question is, who will be hurt by this change to the voting process?
Which players will be damaged by the emergence of a frontcourt driven system? With the elimination of the value on the center position, the following players will suffer from a higher level of competition and the underestimation of a center's worth.
So who might not make it to All-Star weekend?